CCSA Releases Gambling Guidelines As Casinos Reopen

Written By Jose Colorado on October 14, 2021 - Last Updated on October 13, 2021

The Canadian Centre of Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is taking charge.

With casinos reopening and online gambling as hot as ever, the CCSA has published new gambling awareness guidelines for Canadians.

Dubbed the Lower-Risk Gambling Guidelines (LRGG), the guide attempts to help Canadians understand and mitigate risks associated with wagering.

“It’s really just a way of limiting people’s gambling participation,” said Dr. Matthew Young, who helped develop the guidance.

New guidelines focus on three principles

The CCSA says it took five years of ‘intense research’ to develop its comprehensive LRGG plan.

From that, three foundational principles emerged.

The first guideline says Canadians should not wager more than one percent of their yearly household income (before taxes) each month.

Dr. Young noted for most Canadians, that will be roughly $58 per month (based on $70,000 in yearly income).

Yearly household income Maximum monthly amount
$10,000 $8
$20,000 $17
$40,000 $33
$70,000 $58
$80,000 $67
$100,000 $83
$120,000 $100
$130,000 $108
Chart courtesy of LRGG

Next, gaming enthusiasts should gamble no more than four days per month.

Also, avoid regularly playing two or more game types.

“The reason some people experience some harm from gambling is the expenditure, and then there’s also the time away from your family and friends,” said Dr. Young.

LRGG’s additional guidelines

Beyond the three principles, the LRGG noted other potentially dangerous enablers.

Of them, alcohol, cannabis and drug consumption were at the top of the list. Try to limit these whenever gambling says the LRGG.

Otherwise, Canadians should also consider limiting access to money and being conscious of who they gamble with.

New gambling guidelines welcomed at Windsor-Essex location

Acceptance of the new guidelines is off to a decent start in Ontario.

Speaking from Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor-Essex, gambling counsellor Chelsea Rodriguez noted her concern for potential gambling relapses with restrictions easing.

“It doesn’t matter how educated you are. It doesn’t matter your socioeconomic status. Your religion, your gender. It has no baring [sic],” said Rodrigues, via an interview for CTV News.

Hotel Dieu offers an in-person recovery program.

Average wait times from the first call placed to a face-to-face meeting is roughly two days.

Everyone is welcome.

“It doesn’t need to get so bad that you come here in a crisis,” she said. 

It can come if you’re having questions or if you’re a loved one of a gambler and you have some questions about somebody else’s behaviours.

You’re more than welcome to and receive that information.”

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